COE, Nellie Elizabeth Dorothy

1891 - 1968

Nellie Elizabeth Dorothy Coe was born at Ipswich in 1891, only daughter of Alfred Coe, a cabinet maker, and his wife Bessie Thurston née Parsons, who married at Ipswich in 1891. Educated at Ipswich High School for Girls and studied at Ipswich School of Art, passing her examinations and won a prize in 1909 for her 'drawing of plant form'. In 1911, a student, living at 49 Christchurch Street, Ipswich with her parents, 51-year-old Alfred and 42-year-old Bessie, with a boarder and a servant. An artist whose works, together with those of Beatrice Mary Steel, were exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Club in 1913 'works from the Ipswich Art School' which included Nellie's 'Head from Life'. She married at Ipswich in 1917, Juan Carlos Misquith (1891-1917), who was born at Madras, India in 1891 and as a lieutenant was killed in action in Belgium on 4 February 1917. Nellie married secondly at East Grinstead, Sussex in 1920, James Brian Patrick Ferrand (born 1895), a captain pilot in the RAF who was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1895, and was a prisoner of war from 1917 for the remainder of the War. Giving their address as 49 Christchurch Street, Ipswich in 1922, when Nellie and James sailed on the 'Demerara' from Liverpool for the River Plate, Brazil, on their way to Argentina. Nellie Elizabeth Dorothy Ferrand died at Tooting Bec Hospital, London on 1 July 1968, leaving her estate to beneficiaries in Ipswich.

Ferrand was awarded the Distinguished Service Order: -
FERRAND, JAMES BRIAN PATRICK, Flight Sub-Lieut., R.N. On the 28 November 1915, accompanied by First Class Air Mechanic Oldfield as gunner, Flight Sub-Lieut. Ferrand attacked a hostile seaplane, which was accompanied by three more seaplanes and a destroyer, off the Belgian coast, and brought it down by gunfire into the water, where it immediately sank. He then attacked the destroyer, and only abandoned the attack after coming under heavy shell fire both from the destroyer and the shore batteries of Westende.